by Andrew Cromwell
Being a member
of family comes with privileges and responsibilities. Depending on what family
you are a part of, the perks might be fantastic (think what it would be like to
be a Rockefeller or a Walton) but the responsibilities might be rather serious
too. Most of us are connected with a family. That family gives us a name and
forms a significant part of our identity. And when it comes time for holiday
gatherings or family meetings, we are expected to be a part.
The family of God is no different. Being a
son or a daughter of God is full of wonderful privileges. Among other things,
we get to spend time with the Creator of the universe. We are empowered with
His resources. We are forgiven of our past and we are promised an incredible
future. There are some amazing benefits to being part of God’s family.
But just as there are expectations in an
earthly family, there is also a part for us to play as members of our heavenly
family. When we do these things we make our family a better place! If you want
to be the black sheep of the family—no problem—but I tend to think that it is
much better to be right in the thick of it.
Over the next few articles, I want to explore
the part that we have to play in our spiritual family. My hope is that, even if
you do not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and do not consider Him to be
the linchpin upon which the whole universe hangs, you will come to better
understand this part of the Christian faith.
Next time we will discuss the responsibility
to show up! You know you always make mom happy when you show up at family
gatherings! It’s kind of the same thing when we show up in God’s house.
The pastors in Kings County would love to
have you join them this weekend. It may have been a long time since you
have connected with God’s family. There’s no better time than the